Information Security Workshop

October 18-20, 2016

A collaborative workshop on security techniques and strategies for NWACC member institutions.


Registration is closed. If you would have a question about your registration, please email


Download the program here. The program will begin at 8:00am on Tuesday, Oct 18, and end at 11:30am on Thursday, Oct 20.


Moving to Entropy-Based Password Strength| David Allen, Pacific Lutheran University
Batch versus Flow: "Real-Time" Data-Driven Network Security | Joe St. Sauver, Scientist at Farsight Security
Using an Encrypted Vault to Reduce ERP System Risk | Dave Nevin and Jose Cedeno, Oregon State University
Mitigating Ransomware | James Reece, Portland Community College
Building Your Own Home Lab and Revised Presentation delivered at SANS Pen Test Hackfest | Jeff McJunkin
Research Grant Security Compliance: Taking NIST, COBIT, and ISO/IEC Head On | Sean McKay, Portland State University. For a copy of Sean's presentation, please email him.

Location and Lodging

Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center
550 SW Oak St, Portland OR, 97204

Hotel costs will be paid directly by NWACC for up to three nights (arriving on Oct 17 and departing on Oct 20). If you request hotel accommodations at registration, your reservation will be made for you and you will receive your confirmation number via email.

If you have questions about your registration or need to make a change, contact Molly; please do not contact the hotel directly. Attendees will need to present a credit card at check-in to cover incidental costs.

Travel, Transportation, and Parking

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. NWACC will reimburse travel expenses for one participant from each member institution. Reimbursement requests should be submitted within 21 days of the event and require receipts. (Review our travel policy here.)

The MAX light rail provides service from the airport and the Amtrak Station to the hotel. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket kiosk at each MAX stop (NWACC will reimburse you for the expense). The Red Line (direct from the airport) stops 4 blocks from the hotel. If you prefer, you can transfer to the Yellow or Green line at the Rose Quarter Transit Center. These lines stop at SW 5th and Oak St, half a block from the hotel.

Hotel parking for overnight guests is valet-only and will be billed directly to NWACC. Participants driving in each day should park at the Smart Park garage at SW 3rd and SW Alder St.

Food Service

Breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided, as well as a reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres on Oct 18. Dietary preferences or restrictions may be noted on the registration form.


Please email Molly at or call 503-498-8935 if you have questions.